Living Into the Spiritual Invitations of the Second Half of Life

 With Joan Linley, Leslie Reed Shields and Rev. Sandy Koppmann

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2

Single occupancy $400, Double occupancy $350 each
(Meals include Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast)

“Don’t accept the modern myths of aging. You are not declining. You are not fading away into uselessness. 
You are a sage, a river at its deepest and most nourishing.”
– William Martin, The Sage’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life

The challenge of aging isn’t to “stay young” but to fully flourish through this wholly new human developmental stage of life. We are the first generation to enjoy this gift and responsibility of years. We are the pilgrims called to wonder and imagine what this gift might mean for us personally and as a community at this time in human evolution.

Come to the waters, both still and teeming with life, to reflect on your lived experience, to help dispel the myths that all too often permeate our culture and our own fears about aging. Explore the spiritual invitations which help us to develop and sustain the resilience to endure what is necessary, to see with new eyes, to engage with wonder what is Real and to cultivate the creativity, hope and joy that live within and among us.

This weekend will include times of quiet and solitude to listen deeply to the still small voice within and gatherings throughout the weekend to join in intentional community to pray, reflect and learn from one another.

Joan Linley recently retired from Mercy by the Sea, having served 15 years as its Program Director. She started the School for the Second Half of Life in 2016 and continues to serve as its coordinator and co-facilitator. She is a spiritual director, supervisor of spiritual directors and retreat director. In her career before she was led to Mercy by the Sea, she served as a consultant to organizations from a psychodynamic perspective and as Vice President for Corporate Strategy for the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Leslie Reed Shields, LCSW, is a practicing clinician, educator and supervisor. Her practice, a blend of psychodynamic and contemplative therapies, allows her to more fluently move between the spiritual language of love and compassion and the psychological language of emotional distress and resiliency. She educates clinicians to deepen their own lives and practice to reveal the wisdom and sensitivity to live life more fully. She is a graduate of the School for the Second Half of Life and has co-facilitated the school for the past 4 years.

Rev. Sandy Koppmann, an ordained United Methodist clergy member for 31 years, served local congregations in New York and Connecticut. She received her training as a spiritual director at Shalem Institute and is also a retreat facilitator. A graduate of the School for the Second Half of Life, Sandy is a co-facilitator of the School.